Southampton boss explains why he took off Theo Walcott against Chelsea at half-time

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has explained taking off Theo Walcott at halftime of their defeat at Chelsea.

With Southampton 1-0 down at half-time, Hasenhuttl introduced midfielder Ibrahima Diallo in place of Walcott, as he dropped Oriol Romeu in as one of three central defenders.

Asked about taking off Walcott post-match, the Austrian tactician replied: “He invested a lot in the first half and he was (had previously been) injured.

“I tried to bring a defensive midfielder in because Ori was going into the back five, that’s something we did this season a few times and it works quite well I must say.

“We still had the quality on the ball, we still had the quality to play and let them run a little bit – especially after the 1-1 this was a fantastic situation.”

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